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June 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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June 2018 Worship Schedule
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Earth Ministry Adult Education Forum
Sunday, June 3 12:00 p.m.
Parlor
Join us after worship on June 3 for an engaging adult forum on care for creation led by Leda Zakarison and Jessica Zimmerle, Program & Outreach Director for Earth Ministry. We will explore the connection between faith and sustainability, think about how to get involved both at home and at church, and learn how to advocate for the protection of our one and only planet. We will also discuss Initiative 1631 and what Prospect can do to get clean air and clean energy on the ballot in November.
 
Earth Ministry is a statewide organization that puts faith into action for the well-being of communities and the environment. Prospect’s own Leda Zakarison is completing her year of service at Earth Ministry as Outreach Coordinator.
 
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Film Screening: Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Friday, June 15 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
The Prospect Social and Environmental Justice Team (SEJT) presents Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, followed by refreshments and discussion with a representative from 350Seattle.org.
Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
 
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Strengthen the Church Offering
Sunday, June 17
The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. Envelopes will be provided. Please plan to give generously.
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Annual Congregational Meeting & Potluck
Sunday, June 17, 12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
This is our yearly opportunity to meet as a congregation to review where we've been and look ahead to where we're going in the coming year. We will hear reports from boards and ministry teams, approve the budget, and elect our 2018-19 leaders. If you are able, please bring a potluck dish to share. Reports for the meeting booklet should be submitted to the church office no later than Friday, June 1.
 
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Summer Vacation schedules
The church office will be CLOSED Tuesday, June 12-Friday, June 15 for Karen’s vacation. Voice mail will be checked for urgent messages. Other messages, mail, and email will be handled when Karen returns on Tuesday, June 19.
 
Pastor Meighan will be away from Prospect on vacation July 2-13 and August 20-26. She will not have internet access or cell reception for most or all of that time
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Minister’s Greeting
Looking forward to June
What are you looking forward to in the month of June? Summer weather has gotten an early start this year in May, and I have already enjoyed a dinner with family in my back yard on a particularly warm evening. I am looking forward to summer!

I am also looking forward to participating in the Poor People’s Campaign in Olympia on at least one of the six Mondays when people will be gathering there to lift up justice issues. Each Monday has its own focus, but the idea is to demonstrate that these issues are all connected. I recently began reading a new book called Climate Church, Climate World, by Jim Antal, who is the Massachusetts UCC conference minister. He writes, “Pick a justice issue—hunger; homelessness; racism; immigration and refugees; conflicts and war; access to potable water; Israel/Palestine; health care; affordable housing; economic inequality—all of these injustices and more are made worse by climate change” (p. 21). Lift up one justice issue and the others inevitably tag along. So I am looking forward to making some noise about justice issues in Olympia in June.

I am also looking forward to our congregational annual meeting on Sunday, June 17, when we can celebrate the past year and discuss what comes next. It is a joyful time to be together. And the potluck lunch that goes with it is our own loaves and fishes practice of abundance!

Then on the last Sunday of June there is the Pride Parade. Last year a bunch of us from Prospect carpooled downtown and marched in the UCC section of the parade, handing out little cards with temporary comma tattoos on them. “Would you like a tattoo?” we asked people all along the route. And many said, “Sure!” Did any of those people end up trying out a UCC church? Who knows. But at least we spread the word that there are plenty of churches out there that are happy to welcome people just as they are.

What are you looking forward to in June? May all your best hopes and plans come to be!
 
Blessings,
Meighan


 
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Sacred Hebrew Chant Circle
Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.
Parlor
Join together in exploring the spiritual practice of Hebrew Chanting. There will be a brief teaching, chanting of sacred text and time for reflection and sharing.
 
"Chant is the bridge between the inner life and outer expression; between the solitary practice and the shared beauty of fellowship. When we chant, we are using the whole body as an instrument with which to feel the meaning of the sacred phrase."
- Rabbi Shefa Gold 
 
This circle is an offering by Cora Trujillo and Sheryl Shapiro, a recent graduate of  Rabbi Shefa Gold's Chant Leadership Training Program, Kol Zimra.
 
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Co-Moderator's Musings
As you read this, our church is completing another program and fiscal year. We are racing toward the finish line with the Annual Meeting of the church on the horizon (June 17, after worship). Pledges have come in, or will soon. The Church Board is putting together the budget to match up with the financial pledges and income streams which allow us to do the good ministry we do together. At this moment in time, we have an opportunity to look back on the year and start getting excited about the year to come. I am so grateful to our church leadership, both paid and volunteer. We are blessed with creative, passionate, and compassionate people at Prospect. We may not have all the gifts of a larger church, but we have what we have, and it is good. Perhaps best of all, we have an open attitude toward how God will use us for God's purposes of justice, healing, and building up God's kin-dom. I have genuine pride in being a member and supporter of Prospect Congregational UCC. I hope you feel the same way.
 
Wishing you a restful and meaningful summer,
Rick Russell, Co-Moderator
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JFT Singers Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico
Saturday, June 23 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary
In December, the JFT Singers and our listening audience raised approximately $600 to help support relief efforts for the people of Puerto Rico.  A small amount for a larger need. 
In light of how little our government and the current administration seems to care about our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico it becomes incumbent on other organizations such as the UCC to provide aid to these people. The following are some of the areas where our dollars are providing help:
  • The hiring of coordinator(s) to oversee the effort; purchase of a vehicle dedicated to disaster recovery work; construction materials, tools and supplies, and a generator to restore power at the camp and for future back-up generation;
  • computers and classroom furniture, maintenance of the library's digital catalog, restoration of the data and telecommunications systems, and repairs to the roofing of student housing;
  • CWS Hygiene Kits and other material aid;
  • Sustainable Resources Management;
  • Hospital equipment and basic medical supplies;
  • first aid kits, electric generator, drinking water, water filters, non-perishable food, battery powered radios, batteries.
So please join The JFT Singers for a springtime concert to raise additional money for this cause.
Freewill donations requested.

Frank Trujillo
 
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Highlights from Annual Meeting from your delegate
I attended the UCC Northwest Conference Annual Meeting in Yakima April 27 to 29 as the delegate from Prospect.  I'm also a new member of our Global Missions committee of which our own Rick Russell is now co-chair.  There is a lot for me to learn but we are doing good stuff supporting our missionaries and partners in places like Korea, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and Columbia and there may be an opportunity soon for a mission team to visit.  The overall feel of the conference was positive, without denying dropping church memberships and OCWM donations.  The conference chose to pass a deficit budget to fund a Minister of Vitality last year and thanks to strong investment returns so far the reserve has not been decreased yet. We practiced intentional, curious, nonjudgmental conversations and heard a sermon on the Woman at the Well and how the conversation Jesus had with her changed a whole community.  That's how we move forward as a church; establishing those kind of relationships. This meeting was run more efficiently than in my past experience and I enjoyed being there. Being a delegate to annual conference is something all UCC members should experience to better understand what is going on at conference level and get a sense how we are part of something bigger than our little church.

Cora Trujillo
 
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Updated Church Directory
An updated church directory will be published in early July. If your contact information has changed, or you wish to be added to or removed from the directory, please call or email the church office. The printed directory is updated twice a year. The password-protected online directory is updated as changes occur. If you need the password, please contact the church office.
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, May 27
Present:  Meighan Pritchard, Rick Russell – co Moderator, Suzanne Fry – co-Moderator, James Miller – treasurer, Jerry Sams and Dave Kidder for Trustees, Louise Morehead, Terri Dowling, Consi Javier
Absent:  all present and accounted for.
 
Minutes of April meeting were approved.
Office manager’s report was reviewed.
The Finance Report was reviewed in the process of talking about the budget for the coming year.
Without a final tally of pledges, we could only go through and make suggested changes:
 
  • All agreed that it would be fair to increase all staff salaries based on the COLA for 2017.  This is at 3%.
  • The copier budget was increased based on this past year's expense.
  • County and State fees are expected to rise.
  • The new category of fees for online payments was given a modest budget.  It is hoped that people giving online will opt to cover the fee.
  • Building insurance is likely to increase by about 6%.
  • Social and Environmental Justice Team has asked for a $225 increase.  Pastor’s Discretionary comes from this budget and has been depleted this year.
  • It was suggested and approved that the Hospitality/Marketing budget be split into “Hospitality/coffee hour” and “Marketing/Outreach.”  The budget would remain the same for coffee hour and an additional $1000 would be budgeted for marketing our new improved building spaces.
Jerry presented new facility use rates and discussed amending the existing contracts with PEP and 350 Seattle to limit their free use of the new 3rd floor conference room to (4) 2-hour meetings per month. Any usage above that would be charged at 50% of the list rental rate of $70hr.  This would also apply to any new tenant that occupies the NW office.
 
Building Improvement Report:  The new window shades will be installed Thursday 5/31. The NW office is almost finished being painted.  It is hoped that a section of the outer office carpet can be moved to that space when the new carpet is installed in early July.  Volunteers to move furniture will be needed during the carpet install July 3rd, 5th, 6th and perhaps 7th.
 
Pastor’s Report:  Meighan has moved and her house will be put on the market soon.  She will take vacation the first two weeks of July and Aug. 20 – 26.
 
Rick will be going to Maine this summer as usual.  Suzanne is ending her term as co-moderator.  Terri Dowling and Dave Kidder have offered to fill in as needed during the transition and Rick’s absence.  Suzanne will contact some likely contenders for the co-moderator job.
 
There will be no meeting in June of the Church Board due to the congregational meeting on June 17.
 

Submitted by Suzanne Fry
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Ongoing Groups

Adult Education
will meet on June 3 at noon in the parlor for a forum on environmental issues with Earth Ministry’s Jessica Zimmerle and Leda Zakarison.

Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E. All are welcome for soup supper and discussion. To RSVP or for more information, call 206-324-2483 or e-mail maryalicepower@hotmail.com

Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (June 10).  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Prospect Men's Group meets every Saturday, 5 p.m. in the Parlor. The last Saturday of the month is devoted to outreach to homeless neighbors on Broadway. For more information, contact Michael Small, mmario2mario@hotmail.com.

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Next meeting will be  Tuesday, June 12 for discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.

 
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Save the Date: All-Church Camping Trip
July 23-26
Scenic Beach
Start planning now to get in on this annual event. It’s mid-week this year, Monday, July 23-Thursday morning, July 26. Watch for details as we get closer to summer.
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PNW Conference News

The April-May issue of the Conference UC News is now online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Annual Meeting, camps, stewardship training, board news
• Mission co-worker from Hong Kong visits PNC
• Justice Leadership Homelessness Pilgrimage
• March for Our Lives
• Hearing loops installed at Mercer Island UCC
• Storm water cisterns installed at Prospect UCC
• Former minister at Pullman and University Place writes book
• University UCC has Spirit Workshops and Vigils for the Common Good

Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.


 
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Seattle Peace Chorus presents People of the Drum
Saturday, June 2 7:15 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

Sunday, June 3 7:00 p.m.
University Congregational Church
4515 16th Avenue NE
The Seattle Peace Chorus is proud to present People of the Drum, in honor of Native Americans and their contributions to our nation, community, and our environment, and as an expression of solidarity with them and with their struggle for identity and cultural preservation. The concert program represents a collaboration with Native American communities and features newly composed music by Fred West, the director of the Seattle Peace Chorus. Native American singers, drummers, story tellers, and tribal elders will be an integral part of this concert.
Tickets are $22 general/$20 seniors and students https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3111663
 
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Interfaith Ceremony at PSE Headquarters
Friday, June 1 11:45 a.m.
Gather at 11:45 a.m. just south of the Bellevue Transit Center 10850 NE 6th St, Bellevue, then proceed at noon to PSE Plaza at 10885 NE 4th St. This event will demonstrate that people of faith encourage Puget Sound Energy to change direction on its 20-year plan that locks us into fossil fuels for       another two decades; and on its plan to build a liquefied natural gas plant on the edge of Puyallup tribal lands. Faith communities are encouraged to bring banners.
Hosted by Protectors of the Salish Sea, Faith Action Climate Team, and Sierra Club.
 
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Robert Crosby 90th Birthday Concert
Saturday, June 30 7:00 p.m.
Christ Our Hope Catholic Church
2nd & Stewart
Robert Crosby has preached and sung at Prospect, most recently in 2013. All are invited to this concert to celebrate his 90th birthday!
 
The great former Broadway classical guitarist and Alvin Ailey solo guitarist Leon Atkinson, Seattle’s premier classical guitarist Andre Feriante, the popular Croatian and Doo Wap Klapa singers, the New York seasoned jazz singer Charlotte Carruthers, internationally known Spoonman, Cathy Sims, Juan Huey-ray, Jim Page, Joe Martin, Roosevelt Franklin & James Young of “Moment in Time”, Sid Law, Patrick Brownd and Justin Ferris will join Crosby in this concert that also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass.
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Thanks from Community of Practice
Because we have a lovely, well-kept building, we are able to provide support in the form of meeting space for our siblings in Christ. On the fourth Monday of each month, September-May, a group of UCC clergy meets in Prospect’s parlor for a time of learning and support. This group has been led by Gail Crouch and following their May meeting, gave Prospect a small donation with the following message:
 
Many thanks for letting us meet in your parlor once a month. We so very much appreciate your support of UCC clergy!
The Monday Morning Community of Practice Group.
 
In September, Tim Devine of St. Paul’s UCC will take over leadership of this group. Rick Russell leads a monthly Community of Practice for retired clergy, also in Prospect’s parlor.

 
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Climate Change Progress – What’s the Status?
Sunday June 10, 11:30 a.m.
University Congregational UCC, Ostrander Hall
4515 16th Ave NE
Sacred Earth Matters is bringing Mr. Reed Schuler to lead Q and A on climate change. Reed has much energy policy under his belt, formerly working for the U.S. Dept. of State under John Kerry as a U.S. negotiator to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Before that he did several years of energy policy work on the East Coast. He is currently working as a policy advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee.
Here are some possible questions:

· How does the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Initiative 1631 (carbon fee/ameliorating the hardships of climate change) fit into a meaningful climate strategy?
· What did the failure to get a carbon tax last WA legislative session tell us about the political challenges for passing a significant carbon tax?
· Does the climate-denying federal administration mean reducing U.S. emissions is currently a wild pipe dream? Is there any hope we might be able to craft a coherent national energy policy in the future?
· How is the Paris Climate Agreement a meaningful step in avoiding climate disaster?
· Is there any reason to still be hopeful?

For more information, please contact Kate Nelson at kateyn@comcast.net or Nancy Hannah at nlhannah@earthlink.net
 
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The Lecture Series at UCUCC and St. Mark’s Cathedral present: Paul-Gordon Chandler
June 8-10, 2018
Rev Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, social entrepreneur, art curator and a U.S. Episcopal priest who has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years. He grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has worked extensively throughout the Islamic World in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief & development agencies and churches.  From 2003-2013 he was the Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church/Maadi in Cairo, Egypt and is also a Canon at All Saints' Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt.
 
Chandler will be in Seattle on June 8-10, 2018, to speak about his new book IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran, University Congregational Church of Christ, and to open CARAVAN's peace building visual art exhibition "I AM" at St. Mark's Cathedral.  "I AM" features 31 premier Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries and will be on display at St. Mark's Cathedral through August 5.
 
Friday, June 8, 7 pm | University Congregational United Church of Christ 4515 16th Ave NE
Author Paul-Gordon Chandler will give a lecture on his new book and answer questions.  Books will be available for sale.  
Suggested $10 donation 


Sunday, June 10,  5:00 pm | St. Mark's Cathedral 1245 10th Ave E
"I AM" Exhibit Opening Reception with Paul-Gordon Chandler. Remarks from Bishop Greg Rickel, opening address from artist Alia Ali from Yemen, and music with Stephen Elaimy and Erik Brown of House of Tarab.
The "I AM" exhibit runs from June 10 - August 5. Doors open daily from 8am-7pm.  
Free
 
Sunday, June 24: 2:00-4:00 pm | St. Mark's Cathedral
Panel Discussion: "The Power of the Female Voice in the Arab World"
Ruth McCree, Moderator, with:  
  • Dr. Kimberly Segall, Professor of English/Cultural Studies, Seattle Pacific University
  • Laura Lasworth, Professor of Art, Seattle Pacific University; "On Art and Resonance"  
  • Ranna Harb, graduate student, University of Washington; "Visuals: A closer look at Palestinian diaspora in Seattle"  St. Mark's Cathedral
  • Dr. Amal Winter, bi-cultural (Egyptian-American) psychologist, educator and political activist 
Free 
 
Sunday: August 5 12:30 pm | St. Mark's Cathedral
I AM Exhibit closing: "Celebration of Voices for Peace from the Middle East" 
Family potluck, Dabke dancing, crafts, henna painting, calligraphy, and cuisine from Middle East.
Free
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Online Giving is now available!
You can now manage your giving to Prospect UCC online. You can set up one-time or recurring contributions and review your online giving history anywhere you have access to the internet. Follow these easy steps:
  1. Visit the church website at www.prospectseattle.org and select the “Donate” tab
  2. Click on the “Donate” button
  3. Click on the “Create Profile” button
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create your profile and schedule contributions.
If you prefer, you may give through the free Give+ Church mobile app on your smart phone or tablet. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

If you give to Prospect through the web-based donation page or mobile app but still wish to participate in the Sunday morning offering, you are invited to give a token cash gift or place an “Electronic Giving” card in the offering plate. These cards are found in the pew rack.
 
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June Volunteers

Ushers
 
3 Roland Holloway
10 Roland Holloway
17 Roland Holloway
24 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  3 Suzanne Fry
10 Pam Puglisi

17 Annual Meeting Potluck
24 Carolyn Urban


Liturgist
  3 Rick Russell
10 TBD
17 TBD
24 TBD



If you would like to be a liturgist, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office. To host coffee hour, please contact Judy Hooper, 206-325-2851 or wphwac@aol.com. In July and August, we will have simpler no-host coffee hours.
 
If you are interested in membership at Prospect, please speak to Pastor Meighan Pritchard.
 
Food Bank: We are all encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishables for St. Mary’s Food Bank.  See website for a list of suggested non-perishable items: www.prospectseattle.org
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June Birthdays
Bill VanPelt..................................... 06/04
Dylan Hooper................................. 06/17
Pauline Anderson........................... 06/18
Peter Henry.................................... 06/24
 

 
 
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